Chow mahalla Palace, Hyderabad
Built over 200 years ago the palace complex has been restored after 5 years of work. It is a combination of many architectural styles and influences. I really did like some of the arches, doorways, etc.
It was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty. One of the nicest rooms open to the public is the King's throne room where official guests and royal visitors were entertained. The chandeliers were fantastic.
Interestingly, the complex is a replica of the Shah’s Palace in Teheran, Iran. It consists of two courtyards with elegant palaces, the grand Khilwat (Durbar Hall), fountains and gardens (with some beautiful flowers).
Not many rooms were open to the public and most that were really weren't all that interesting. I did like the various carriages used for transporting people from one part of the complex to another. (Previously the grounds occupied about 3-4 dozen acres. Today it's only about 1 dozen.) The grounds are used for various functions and while we were there they were being set up for a wedding.
This wouldn't be on my must-sees of Hyderabad only because I have seen many other more beautiful palaces in India. If pressed for time, I would skip it.
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Fridays and National Holidays
Admission Rs 25 for Indians, Rs 150 for foreigners
Rs 50 for Camera
Not far from the Charminar is the exquisite palace complex of ChowMohalla. This is spread over 12 acres and houses palaces, gardens, courtyards, fountains. this was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty.Recently restored and opened to the public, it is truly worth a visit.Especially the grand dubar hall with its 19 chandeliers and the marble platform on which the royal throne was placed.
It is also a much sort after venue for concerts, qawalis and cultural programmes and is an apt and elegant venue.It is truly a feast to witness and enjoy cultural extravangazas in this historic setting.
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This was the official residence of the last Nizam. Its still under restoration, I was lucky to get into the palace before its actually opened for public as I am associated with it as a supplier for the restoration work.